If you've ever been stung by a wasp or wasp, the sting can be very painful. Unfortunately, this can happen, regardless of how much you try to avoid it (or the amount of insect repellent you use). Fortunately, there are steps to quickly relieve the symptoms of a sting. After getting the right treatment, the symptoms of the sting will subside within a few days.
Method 1 of 10: Elevate the affected area if the sting wound is on an arm or leg
Step 1. Changing positions helps reduce swelling
If the sting is on the arm, raise your arm. If you get stung in the leg, lie down and elevate your leg on a pillow. It's also a good idea to remove tight clothing or rings. Clothing or accessories will be difficult to remove if the affected area begins to swell.
Method 2 of 10: Cool the affected area with ice
Step 1. The best move you can take to treat the affected area is to compress it with ice. Wrap the ice in a cloth or similar, then apply it to the affected area for at least 10 minutes. Remove the ice if the skin starts to feel too cold or uncomfortable. Keep compressing the sting with ice for 10 minutes throughout the day. Cold compresses can relieve the pain and itching you are experiencing.
Use an ice pack or wrap the ice in an old towel or flannel. Make sure you don't apply ice directly to the affected area, as the temperature of the ice may be too extreme for the skin
Method 3 of 10: Use a baking soda paste on the sting wound
Step 1. Baking soda paste can relieve pain and itching quickly
Mix baking soda with water until the consistency is just right. Dab a small amount of the paste on the sting and reapply throughout the day until the sting symptoms subside.
Mix baking soda and water in a 4:1 ratio to get a paste consistency
Method 4 of 10: Use hydrocortisone cream
Step 1. This topical cream can relieve itching
Take a small amount of cream (about a fingertip) and gently apply it to the affected area. Use the cream up to four times a day to relieve itching. Continue using the cream until the symptoms subside.
Method 5 of 10: Use calamine lotion
Step 1. This medicated lotion can relieve itching
Apply a small amount of lotion to the affected area and allow the lotion to dry. Follow the directions for use on the label and reapply the lotion throughout the day to relieve stinging symptoms.
Calamine lotion can be used instead of hydrocortisone cream
Method 6 of 10: Use toothpaste to relieve itching
Step 1. Although its effectiveness still needs more scientific evidence, these home remedies can provide some relief
Dab toothpaste on the affected area and wait for a few minutes, then the sting symptoms will subside. Reapply toothpaste every five hours. If you want to try home remedies, toothpaste can be a good choice.
- Some doctors think that toothpaste can relieve pain and itching because of its alkaline nature which neutralizes the acid in wasp or wasp venom.
- Meanwhile, several other doctors suggest that glycerol, one of the ingredients in toothpaste, can dry up wasp or wasp venom so that it can relieve the symptoms of the sting you feel.
Method 7 out of 10: Use over-the-counter medications
Step 1. Antihistamines (eg Benadryl) can relieve itching and swelling
Other over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Paracetamol) and ibuprofen (Proris) can also relieve pain. Take the medicine according to the dosage listed on the label as long as the sting symptoms are still felt. Usually, symptoms will last for 2-5 days.
Method 8 out of 10: Keep the affected area clean to prevent infection
Step 1. Wash the stinging wound with soap and water
Clean the wound regularly to reduce the chance of infection. Although painful and uncomfortable, a sting wound is usually nothing to worry about as long as it doesn't become infected (even if it does, you still have a few solutions to treat it). Signs of infection in a sting wound include:
- Pus on the affected area.
- Pain that peaks within a few days of being stung.
- Fever, swollen glands, and flu-like symptoms.
Method 9 out of 10: Avoid scratching the sting as much as possible
Step 1. Scratching can actually irritate the sting and prolong symptoms
In addition, you are also at risk of infection. Refrain from scratching the wound, regardless of how itchy it is. If a child has been stung, trim their nails and make sure their hands are always clean. He may have a hard time keeping himself from scratching the sting so his short nails and clean hands can reduce the impact of any scratching he may have.
Method 10 out of 10: Call emergency services if you have an allergic reaction
Step 1. You may experience anaphylaxis
If you experience a serious allergic reaction, call emergency services immediately for medical assistance. The following are fairly common symptoms of an allergic reaction:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Stiffness in the throat.
- Difficulty speaking.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Heart rate or pulse that becomes faster.
- Severe itching and stinging of the skin, as well as swelling and redness of the skin.
- Anxiety or dizziness.
Loss of consciousness.
If you already have an anaphylactic action plan and have an EpiPen with you, wait no longer! Inject the EpiPen in yourself. The less time is wasted, the better
- If you were already using an EpiPen before medical help arrived, let the medical team know.
- If you or someone in your family has an allergy to stings, take precautions to keep wasps and wasps away from your home.